30 Reasons Church Planters Need a Coach

Scott Thomas gives 30 practical reasons for why every church planter needs a coach in their lives.

I often say every church leader needs a coach. Below are 30 reasons the participants of Gospel Coach Training have shared:

1. Coaching helps to remind a leader of the Gospel

2. Coaching exposes a leader’s blind spots

3. All leaders are capable of succumbing to sin’s deception

4. Leaders are models for faithful obedience

5. Coaching is preventative maintenance for a leader

6. The stakes for a church leader are high

7. Coaching models biblical community

8. Coaching provides a prayer partner for the leader

9. Leaders can be prideful

10. Leaders are often lonely

11. Coaching is a practical means for a leader to pay careful attention to self

12. Coaching brings encouragement to the leader

13. Coaching can protect the flock from a leader’s mistakes and bad decisions


15. Coaching facilitates the leader’s growth and equipping

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Scott Thomas
Scott Thomas is the President of Acts 29 Network and Pastor of Global Church at Mars Hill Church. Scott has been a pastor for 30 years—first as a youth pastor and then as a lead pastor and church planter/church replanter for 16 years.